June 24, 2008

Letter to Cobb County government requesting records on use of the SAVE system as required by law

Posted by D.A. King at 1:20 am - Email the author   Print This Post Print This Post  

23 June 2008

Mr. Robert Quigley Director of Communications
Mr. Sam Olens, Chairman – Board of Commissioners
Cobb County Georgia


Mr. Quigley, Chairman Olens

According to the language of the 2006 Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act (SB 529), as of July 1, 2007 all local governments in Georgia are required to verify the eligibility of all applicants for public benefits.

As you know, according to federal definitions used in the law, public benefits include all commercial and professional (business) licenses. Additionally, definitions in various sections of Cobb ordinances make clear that all commercial enterprises in Cobb are required to apply for and obtain a license/certificate from the county.

Occupational tax certificates are business licenses designed for the stated group of professionals listed below and are public benefits under federal and state law.
Certified Public Accountant
Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine
Doctor of Optometry
Doctor of Osteopathy
Doctor of Podiatry
Doctor of Psychology
Electrical Engineer Embalmer
Family Therapist
Funeral Director
Hydraulic Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Physical Therapist
Social Worker

Section nine of the Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act of 2006 requires that as of 1 July, 2007 all applicants for public benefits execute an affidavit attesting to being a U.S. citizen, qualified alien or non immigrant lawfully present in our nation .

Under language of the law, in the case of any applicant who has executed an affidavit reflecting lawful alien status, eligibility for public benefits for that alien must be verified using the federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program.

Please consider this letter my formal open records request for copies of all affidavits, SAVE inquiries and results of all SAVE verification requests pertaining to all public benefits – including all business licenses/certificates issued by Cobb County from 2 July, 2007 to 20 June, 2008.

Thank you,
D.A. King
President, The Dustin Inman Society

Marietta, Ga. 30066